Women's Basketball Falls 75-55 to Florida Atlantic
STATESBORO, Ga. – Chenise Miller and Latavia Dempsey each scored 16 points, and Florida Atlantic shot 64 percent in the second half to pull away and post a 75-55 women's basketball victory over Georgia Southern Friday night in Hanner Fieldhouse.
It was the season debut for both teams and the head coaching debut for both Eagle coach Chris Vozab and Owl coach Kellie Lewis-Jay.
MiMi DuBose led Georgia Southern (0-1) with 17 points, and Anna Claire Knight scored eight. Meredith Frye tallied seven points, three boards and two assists, and Aishya Wofford collected six points and six rebounds.
Breana Turner netted 10 points for the Owls (1-0), and Kimberly Smith finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
A 3-pointer by Georgia Southern's Kiki Rawls trimmed an early 11-point, second-half deficit to 54-50 with 8:07 left in the contest, but Florida Atlantic answered with a decisive 19-2 run over the next 6:30 to pull away. Dempsey scored nine points during the stretch, and the Eagles committed three turnovers and went 1-for-10 from the floor.
"For 28 minutes we did a lot of the things we've been stressing, and we continued to battle back run after run," said Vozab. "We broke down at the end a little bit, and that's what we have to avoid. They pressure the ball all over the floor, and that took us out of our comfort zone. Then, when we did get open looks, we rushed it a little."
The Eagles trailed 25-15 with 6:18 left in the first half but used a 15-4 spurt, capped by three Dubose free throws, to take their first lead of the game at 30-29. Dubose scored five points during the run, and Sierra Kirkland netted four.
The Eagles are back in action at the Georgia State Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 23, when they take on the Panthers at 2 p.m.
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- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Friday, 09 November 2012 23:49